Governor Scott Walker Attends Christening and Launch of USS Milwaukee, Proclaims “USS Milwaukee Day"Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - Press Release
Marinette – Governor Scott Walker today joined Marinette Marine Corporation, Fincantieri Marine Group, Lockheed Martin Littoral Ships and Systems, U.S. Navy officers, and local officials to celebrate the christening and launching of the USS Milwaukee, a littoral combat ship (LCS).
“This beautiful ship, honoring our largest city, showcases the exemplary workmanship of Marinette Marine and symbolizes a commitment to national security,” Governor Walker said. “This striking vessel is also an example of the value of the skilled workers who helped build it, including welders, pipe fitters, electricians, engineers, and information technology workers. I want to thank Fincantieri Marine Group, for its $100 million investment in Northeast Wisconsin, and also Marinette Marine for its commitment and belief in Wisconsin, our workforce, and our efforts to help meet demands for trained, skilled workers.”
Governor Walker also thanked Lockheed Martin, the contractor for the LCS program, as well as Northeast Wisconsin Technical College for working with the company to train skilled workers.
The USS Milwaukee is part of a new breed of U.S. Navy combat ships designed for littoral, or coastal, missions. With a crew of about 40, they can operate in shallow water and maneuver at high speeds of up to 45 knots.
Developing Our Workforce: Governor Walker’s 2013-15 budget invests more than $100 million in workforce development, aimed at equipping workers with the skills they need to find in-demand jobs, like those available at Marinette Marine. The budget includes increased funding and targeted investments in the Wisconsin Technical College System and traditional K-12 education. In addition, the Wisconsin Fast Forward initiative invests $15 million in worker training grants awarded by the new Office of Skills Development, including the creation of a new Labor Market Information System. Also, Governor Walker’s Worker Training package, announced this fall, invests $8.5 million in new state funds and secures an additional $14 million in new federal funds for vocational rehabilitation programs.
About Marinette Marine: Marinette Marine Corporation was founded in 1942 to meet America's growing demand for naval construction and has grown into a world-class shipbuilder, having designed and built more than 1,500 vessels and employing 1,400 and growing. The company is internationally recognized for innovative and highly efficient, modular, subassembly and assembly-line manufacturing techniques, allowing Marinette to build some of the most technologically advanced vessels in the world.